In Richland Two, the first formal efforts into 1TWO1 computing began in the summer of 2000 when a high school program and an elementary school classroom were outfitted with a computer for every child. At Ridge View High School, the e-school program put a laptop into the hands of every student. These students kept the laptops all day and used online resources for completing their coursework, submitting assignments and conducting research.
In the elementary school prototype, the Classroom of the Future was launched at Killian Elementary School. In this setting, a fourth grade class was outfitted with a desktop computer for each student and, new at the time, a flat screen monitor and a Smartboard. Throughout the day, teachers taught with technology, the students learned with technology, and their core content areas were dramatically enhanced with rich and challenging opportunities using Internet resources. This work opened up a world of information previously untouchable by these students. That was the school year 2000-2001.
Fast-forward through the first decade of the 21st century, and those two original prototype classrooms became the starting point of research and development and the creation of best practices in 1TWO1 computing. The original program grew into what today is known as ITEC (Integrating Technology to Enrich Curriculum) with nearly 200 classrooms district-wide that employ the use of 1 TWO 1 computing in core content areas.
Beginning in 2009, principals identified 20 teachers to participate in a 1TWO1 program called iPAC. Participating teachers receive extensive staff development to transform student learning through personalized, authentic and collaborative experiences.
About the Project
In January of 2010, a steering committee to study 1TWO1 computing came together to begin exploring the possibility of expanding 1TWO1 computing to all schools throughout the district. Months of planning, site visits, research, and committee work preceded the request to the school board for approval of funding for the infrastructure needed for this project. At the school board meeting on Aug. 23, 2011, funding was approved for the wireless infrastructure needed for the expansion of computers in the district. The funding for up to $7.89 million comes from general obligation bonds approved in the 2008 referendum for technology infrastructure upgrades. The cost of computers has dropped significantly and our current PC replacement funds will allow us to purchase additional student devices.
For more information, please visit our 1TWO1 Implementation Website